Join Date: Oct 2011
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Had Quite a Scare -- Can Anyone Help?
At 4 this morning I awoke hearing a loud thud. DH said, "the dog fell off the bed." Of course, the 1st thing I did was go into the bathroom -- and, while I was sitting Beau literally crawled into the room behind me. He wasn't walking -- but crawling. I picked him up and his whole body was stiff as a board. He clung to me and was sooooooo afraid.
I quickly put my shoes on and carried him to the car. On my way, I called the vet and announced that we were coming and that he had had a seizure of some type. When we arrived (neglecting every stop sign and red light en route), the vet was at the door waiting for us.
She took him into the examining room immediately. Except for his usual vet-hospital jitters, he seemed fine (as long as I held him in my arms). She tested neurological signs and palpated him all over. She listened to his lungs and heart. She told me that he was tender along his lower spine and that his heart rhythm was irregular. She did an EKG and expressed his anal glands.
Throughout it all, she was wonderful with sweet Beau. She said that she didn't think it was a "normal" seizure -- because he didn't jerk, lose consciousness, or lose control of his bowels and bladder. She said there were no residual neurological signs to indicate a seizure. Although his heart rhythm was irregular it was normally irregular (??). She offered to keep him to watch him -- but I said, no. I'd rather watch him myself. And so, we went home and went back to bed for a few hours while I stared at him.
This afternoon we went to visit Karen & Scott Stephens to make appropriate introductions before I leave Beau with them for 2 weeks at the end of May and beginning of June. He was fine while we were there, ran around with the other dogs, and seemed just like Beau.
Bottom line -- neither the vet nor I have any idea what happened. Maybe he had some kind of seizure. Maybe he fell off the bed in his sleep and scared himself, banging his back. [I should say that our bed is only 18" high and he landed on very padded carpet.] Tonight he has been fine -- except he chewed his paw raw, necessitating some antibiotic ointment and a temporary boot so that he can't hurt it any more.
Has anyone seen anything like this? Any ideas are appreciated greatly. He wasn't the only one scared to death early this morning . . .
They're not my dogs -- I'm their person